Is This One Food Additive Making You Sick and Fat?

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If you ever find yourself asking why you are spending more for organic foods, so you can eat more natural foods without preservatives or additives or dyes, then this article might help give you a little insight.

There are some very unhealthy and dangerous food additives that are causing heart failure, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal problems, circulatory problems. Infertility issues, especially with women, tumor growth and even cancer.

If you know someone who is suffering from some strange symptoms that they can’t put their finger on and doctor’s tests show nothing, they might be having a reaction to a common food additive called Polysorbate 80.

Polysorbate 80 goes by several names, including:

  • E433
  • Tween 80
  • Polyoxyethylene 80
  • Sorbitan Monooleate 80
  • X-Sorbitan mono 9 octadecenoate poly
  • Oxy-1,2 ethanediyl
  • Alkest
  • Canarcel

Polysorbate 80 is a gold colored, gel-like substance that is found in a great variety of foods, as well as cosmetics, personal care items, and some other surprising places such as vitamins, supplements, cancer drugs, and vaccines.

This is one reason why it is so important to read labels, even on things you think might be safe. For example, even some “natural” mouthwashes, which are popular items in most organic or health food stores, contain Polysorbate 80.

Polysorbate 80 is used as a type of emulsifier for foods; skins care products, cosmetics, etc. This helps to bind together things that normally don’t mix, such as oil and water. Although that doesn’t sound like such as bad thing, recent studies show that this ingredient is anything but harmless.

There are studies showing that this has been linked to infertility in mice, an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and even the recurrence of cancer. One article in PubMed showed that Polysorbate 80 was a causative agent of pregnant women going into anaphylactic shock. Other studies show that this additive is especially harmful to those with Crohn’s disease.

You will find this ingredient in just about everything including (but not limited to):

  • Ice cream
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Vaccines
  • Cosmetics
  • Prescription Medications
  • Condiments
  • Skin Creams
  • Shortenings and Margarine
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Gum
  • Gelatin
  • Mouthwash

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Georgia State University led a study for the Biomedical Sciences researchers and they discovered that Polysorbate 80 disturbed the gut flora, setting off a host of very unhealthy side effects. This seems to coincide with the rise of digestive ailments such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Since these emulsifiers were introduced, the incidences of metabolic syndrome and other types of obesity related health issues that lead to liver disease, heart disease, and diabetes have been on the rise as well.

Although it’s hard to believe, many of the chemicals introduced to the American food markets have not been fully tested for their long term effects on humans. Most people consume, on average, about 17 pounds of additives per year, including colors, flavors, preservatives, humectants and emulsifiers. Seventeen pounds! Let that sink in for a moment.

In one study, researchers fed mice two of the most commonly used emulsifiers, Polysorbate 80 andcarboxymethylcellulose, at high enough doses that it mimicked the average human consumption. All of the mice in this study had drastic changes to their guts, including increased inflammation levels. This led to chronic colitis in mice, due to the fact that their gut flora had been altered; their immune system responses were compromised. These mice also induced metabolic syndrome. All of the mice had increased levels of food consumption, insulin resistance, and obesity.

This research team is now testing additional emulsifiers as well as designing future experiments that involve humans. If the same results are obtained, this would mean that this type of food additive could be what is behind the epidemic of obesity and the diseases associated with it.


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Keep in mind that so called organic processed foods might not be safe, either. Some emulsifiers are “natural,” such as soy lecithin, which means that the food can be listed as “organic” or “natural” and still be full of emulsifiers.

Protect yourself and your family from this potentially dangerous additive:

  • Read labels and avoid Polysorbate 80 and the various names that it goes by
  • Eat as many whole foods as possible
  • Remove processed foods from your diet as much as possible
  • Avoid chemicals in your food as much as possible
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners as well

We are exposed to toxic chemicals every day in our modern world. There is no reason to introduce more of them into your body through your foods. Why should you pay out good money for the privilege of eating something that could be poisoning you from the inside?



One Comment

  1. steven9726

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I picked up a package of “Hostess sno balls” and read the ingredients. It has Polysorbate 60 and soy lecithin side by side. The poisons that we people don’t bother to learn about and have no knowledge about. We worry more about the weather and politics than we do about the poisons in our food and snacks that is slowly killing us